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What OpenAthens can do for you: creative applications for the academic library at Millersville University

30 March 2020 • Lauren Harding, senior marketing officer

OpenAthens offers end users a personalized single sign-on experience and administrators a streamlined setup of logins into their electronic resources and services. It can also take authentication a step further, supplying ease of access and usage reporting opportunities for library tools outside of the norm, including ILL services and beyond.

The story so far

Millersville University has worked in partnership with EBSCO and OpenAthens to support usage reporting for consortial dual-institution programs, access to the university ILS (ExLibris Alma), automated authentication to and submission of ILL requests through APIs (ILLiad), librarian access to LibGuides, and granular, customized usage statistics.

Looking ahead

The library team continues to find areas where creative OpenAthens deployment can create efficiencies for their library (including linking functionality based on user identity and student access to niche resources on a semester/course basis) and institution at large.

Watch their case study

Amanda Ferrante, EBSCO and Scott Anderson & Krista Higham, Millersville University present some of the creative OpenAthens applications used at Millersville University.

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